Medjugorje, Shrines of Croatia, Slovenia & Venice Pilgrimage
Spiritual Director: Fr. Titus Egbueh
September 23 - October 6, 2022
Your trip includes
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- accommodation at centrally located 4 star hotels as follows:
- ~ 2 nights: Sep 24 - Sep 26: Lapad Hotel, Dubrovnik
- ~ 3 nights: Sep 26 - Sep 29: Hotel Grace, Medjugorje
- ~ 1 night: Sep 29 - Sep 30: Atrium Hotel , Split
- ~ 2 nights: Sep 30 - Oct 02: Hotel Jezero, Plitvice
- ~ 2 nights: Oct 02 - Oct 04: Park Hotel, Bled
- ~ 2 nights: Oct 04 - Oct 06: Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa, Venice
- Breakfast and Dinner daily
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Whisper Headsets
- Assistance of a professional local Catholic Guide(s)
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Tips to Hotel Staff and Restaurants
- Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Lunches, Beverages unless mentioned, Tips to your guide & driver. Canadian travel insurance not included.
Day 1, Fri, Sep 23: Depart for Dubrovnik:
Make your way to your local airport where you will board your first leg of flights to Dubrovnik. Your meals are served on board on transatlantic flight.
Day 2, Sat, Sep 24: Arrive at Dubrovnik
Upon arrival in Dubrovnik Airport collect your luggage in the baggage claim area, and continue to the arrival's hall where you will be greeted by a tour guide and/or driver. Transfer to the hotel in Dubrovnik time for check in. Afternoon at leisure to relax and become acclimated to a new time zone. Meet with your fellow travelers and tour director for dinner, then take a walk to the Old Town called the "Pearl of the Adriatic." Din-ner and overnight.
Day 3, Sun, Sep 25: Dubrovnik
This morning enjoy a walking tour of "Old Dubrovnik"; starting with; the Rector's Palace, Bell Tower Clock, Orlando's Column and the Sponza Palace. You will also see the Dominican Monastery and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight.
Day 4, Mon, Sep 26: Dubrovnik - Medjugorje
After breakfast, we will transfer to Dubrovnik where we will arrive in time to check in to our Hotel. Afternoon at leisure to relax and become acclimated to a new time zone. Meet with your fellow travelers and tour director for dinner, then take a walk to the Old Town called the "Pearl of the Adriatic." Dinner and overnight.
Day 5 & 6, Tue & Wed, Sep 27 & Sep 28: Experiencing Medjugorje
The most beautiful feature of Medjugorje is its simplicity, and its peace. While in Medjugorje, you will have the opportunity to experience your faith grow, and share in the faith journey of pilgrims from all over the world. The local guide will accompany your group throughout your stay in the village.
Some activities that will accompany you in your spiritual journey:
Attend Daily Mass: Each morning, at 10:00A.M, your group will assemble at St. James Church for Mass (English-Speaking). At the end of each Mass, regardless of language, there is a blessing of the religious articles that you have with you.
On Feast Days, and Sundays: English Mass is at Noon
Climb Apparition Hill: This mountainous hill is where the visionaries first encountered Our Lady. Also, at the base of this hill is a Blue Cross, where it is said Our Lady appeared to the children while they hid from the communist police in the early days of the alleged apparitions. When climbing, your group is invited to recite the Rosary, pausing five times for each decade of the Rosary. At the top of the hill, you will witness the exact location of the first alleged apparition of Our Lady to the visionaries, and enjoy private time in prayer.
Climb Mt. Krizevac (Cross Mountain): In 1933, the villagers built a 30' high cross atop a mountain to commemorate Jesus' passion and death on the cross. Your group will have the opportunity to climb this mountain, and venerate that very cross. When climbing, your group is invited to pray the Stations of the Cross (to meditate on Jesus' suffering Road to Calvary), pausing fifteen times, once for each Station.
Apparitions: Each evening 6:00PM, your group will join the villagers and fellow pilgrims of Medjugorje in saying the Rosary as all anxiously await the alleged arrival of Our Lady to the visionaries. Following the apparition, at 6:40PM, feel free to stay at St. James Church and attend the Croatian Mass. Following the Croatian Mass, there is a Blessing of the Sick.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Our Lady has always called us to be close to her Son. For this, you will have the opportunity to adore the Blessed Sacrament at the outside altar of St. James Church. Adoration is held on Tuesdays and Saturdays; Veneration of the Cross is held on Fridays inside the Church. Additionally, there is an Adoration Chapel on the grounds of St. James Church. Adoration is held here in the afternoon hours.
Meetings with the Visionaries: Pending their availability, your guide will arrange meetings with the visionaries at their homes.
Visit to the Community of Cenacolo: You will have the opportunity to visit the community of Cenacolo, founded by the Sisters of Charity, for young men and women who have taken a wrong path and are on the road to recovery. You will be able to listen to their inspirational words about their journeys back to Jesus Christ.
Prayer at the Statue of the Risen Christ: Located on the grounds of St. James Church, is the bronze statue of the Risen Christ. Many pilgrims sit and pray on the benches surrounding this peaceful statue. This statue miraculously seeps droplets of water at all times of the day, out of Christ's right knee.
Day 7, Thu, Sep 29: Medjugorje - Split
After breakfast, depart Medjugorje for Spilt. Drive along the spectacular Adriatic coast, past old fishing villages and new resorts to Split. Enjoy a city tour featuring the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. See the remnants of Split's Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter's Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral. Dinner and overnight.
Day 8, Fri, Sep 30: Split -Trogir - Plitvice Lakes
After breakfast, we head north along the coast to Trogir, the center of artistic activities where scholars from around the world gather to study and paint. Our journey continues towards the beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park. Dinner and overnight in Plitvice.
Day 9, Sat, Oct 01: Plitvice Lakes
Today we enjoy Plitvice National Park listed in UNESCO's World Herit-age list, with breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder of 16 terraced lakes, surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation. The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight.
Day 10, Sun, Oct 02: Plitvice Lakes, Opatija, Postojna to Bled
Return to the coast to the beautiful bay of Kvarner and its popular resort, Opatia. An orientation tour of Opatia will present the highlights of this former Imperial resort city. After your visit here, drive across the border into Slovenia to Postojna Caves, home to one of the largest caves in Europe. Tour the fantastic subterranean world by miniature electric train. Afterwards, continue to Bled for dinner and overnight.
Day 11, Mon, Oct 03: Bled - Ljubljana Excursion
An Alpine lake surrounded by high peaks, Bled was " discovered: by travelers in the middle of the 19th century. A sightseeing tour features the charming town and the beautiful lakeshore, and visit to imposing Bled Castle, perched on the cliff high above the lake. Afternoon excursion to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Here, view the Central open-air Market, Baroque Town Hall, Robba's Fountain, the Three Bridges and the Parliament. Followed by the sightseeing tour of Lake Bled features the charming town with the lakeshore, and imposing Bled Castle, perched on a cliff high above the lake. Return to Bled in the evening.
Day 12, Tue, Oct 04: Bled, Trieste to Venice
Leave Bled, driving south to Trieste, Italy for orientation tour and visit to Miramare Castle and its park. The castel was built by Hapsburg Monarchy on the cliff overlooking Adriatic Sea. Then, continue on to the mar-velous city of Venice.
Day 13, Wed, Oct 05: Venice
Today begins with a walking tour of Venice featuring the major highlights: St. Mark's Square, St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, the Bell Tower and the Bridge of Sighs. The tour ends with a visit to a glass blowing factory where you may see the demonstration of a traditional Venetian glass blowing. Balance of the day is at leisure. In the afternoon, enjoy Venice at your own pace, shop or join an optional gondola ride. Farewell dinner at local restaurant.
Day 14, Thu, Oct 06: Venice - Canada
After breakfast, we drive to Venice airport for your return flights home.
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